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06:59 am - Punky Chips Ahoy! Oi ! Oi !... Oy!
It’s not going to be me, but someone really needs to curate a punxsploitation media festival. If you haven’t seen it, the new Chips Ahoy! ad features an animated Chips Ahoy ! cookie surrounded by mohawked punks marching down the street yelling "Punky Chips Ahoy! Oi! Oi! Oi!" until a cop tells them it’ s chunky Chips Ahoy! not Punky Chips Ahoy!

With that "Ahoy!", you’d think they’d be working a pirate theme these days since pirates are so trendy.

But anyway, someone could really make a name for themselves by gathering and touring with bootlegs of the "Quincy", "ChiPs" and "Jump St." punk episodes and ads like this one. They could trace the trajectory from evil incarnate to "Mothers love us because we’re so sweet". (Pop punk is to blame for this, isn’t it?)

What other movie/TV/ad moments would you include?
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From:magpiesf
Date:March 1st, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
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urgh. i was complaining last week about the *totally* pop-punk tour of california intro music for the espn coverage...

it was inevitable, i suppose, but that doesnt stop my jaw from dropping or my soul screaming in pain :)
From:the_living_end
Date:March 1st, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
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punky brewster, silver spoons.

i couldnt believe they were actually shouting oi oi oi.
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From:jette
Date:March 1st, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)

OI!

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If memory serves correctly, jchack was on one of those "punk kids" episodes of Donahue.

I also remember when whitebread Beth on Guiding Light put on a "punky" outfit to surprise her from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks boyfriend, only to get hit on by tons of random men because "punk girls are known for being very easy."

(ouch)
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From:gordonzola
Date:March 1st, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)

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hahaha. oh man, I remember that Donahue episode. Serena Dank from Parents Against Punkers... the punks correcting Donahue that the DKs song was not pro, but anti-Nazi because the edited lyrics Donahue had been given just said "Nazi Punks" not "Nazi Punks Fuck Off!"

Man, those were the days.

You know, my ex was a huge Guiding Light fan, but I don't remember that plotline.
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From:freshwater_pr0n
Date:March 1st, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
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I can't remember what product the advertisement was for, but there was that old commercial where the daughter is listening to a very loud song whose only lyrics are "We're screaming, screaming, screaming at the top of our lungs!" and the mom smiles, shakes her head and covers her ears. Kids today!
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From:systemerror
Date:March 1st, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
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Don't forget the after school special of "The Day My Kid Went Punk" Inexplicably, I watched it in Home-Ec (but it wasn't called that) in 7th grade. Basically, there's this kid who is into classical music, and in the summer he's attending this violin camp. But at the bus station on the way to camp, there's these punk kids who leave behind some of their makeup and hair coloring stuff. So he goes into the bathroom and comes out PUNK. To him, it wasn't about the music I guess, just the chance to look fabulous in makeup and blue hair.

I was talking about the CHiP's vs. the Punk Rockers episode a couple of days ago. That was some good times... "I need pain... I feel it in my brain..."

From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)

I remember that show

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but I also remember all the "punks" were like 45 yr old men with hair gelled into mohawks but they were obviously early mullets just brushed up. now, I know most of us are nearing our 40's now, but then, when we were teenagers and punk it was just embarrassing/insulting to have to watch.
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From:freakstorm
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)

Re: I remember that show

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that was me, sorry for not being logged in
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From:talentshow
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
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You beat me to it! The Day My Kid Went Punk was my favorite after school special ever. The "punk" kid was Jay Underwood (Boy Who Could Fly, Uncle Buck) and I remember the smirk on his Phyllis Schlafly inspired mom's face when she finally "got it" at the end. Wasn't he playing a summer camp counselor?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 8th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)

do u have chips eps and the day my kid went punk ?

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hi how are u ? do u have any chips eps and the day my kid went punk ? write eferrucci@aol.com
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From:lovelikeyeast
Date:March 1st, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Wow. Okay.

--Thank god someone else mentioned punky brewster first.
--Punky guy who is fey fey fey but made to have a crush on a girl in Valley Girl
--Billy Idol. If it helps to fit into this theme, Billy Idol and friends on the airplane in The Wedding Singer.
--Mad Max, Batman, Lord of the Rings 2 and 3. And a zillion other movies with gangs or armies of pierced punk creatures.
--Freaks and Geeks "Daniel is a punker" episode (so good)
--the episode of Silver Spoons where the girls all have crushes on punky boys.
--Rayanne on "My So-Called Life"
From:felicks
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Billy Idol was a real punk! Generation X (his first band!) ruled!
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From:gordonzola
Date:March 1st, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
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I agree with the fact he was punk. I disagree that they ruled. Not as bad as Sham 69, but close.
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From:jennizane
Date:March 1st, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
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haha! LOL
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From:yousmell
Date:March 1st, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
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you could probably turn class of 1984 into an easily digestable 20 minute montage of punks hurting people. you'd have to repeat the scene where michael j. fox gets shanked a couple times for kicks, though.
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From:koaloha
Date:March 1st, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)

How could you leave out the "HUNTER" episode???

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Remember the show "Hunter"???

Ah, there was great drugs/punk rock episode there.

From:fidelity_astro
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)

Re: How could you leave out the "HUNTER" episode???

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holy shit that show was great
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From:nationofsheep
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
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I actually think punxsploitation started with the factionalization of punk. Straight-edge, skinheads, nazi-skins, etc, etc, etc... It became so confusing to dress at all because there were all these things that you were supposed to be saying about your beliefs by wearing something, like suspenders - shave your head, people might think you're a nazi. WTF!!! Now I think that it's just like anything else. Punks grew up and got jobs just like the baby boomers and they make commercials with punk rock cookies. Isn't that cute?

My favorite punxsploitation. Iggy Pop playing an alien on Deep Space 9. He had green skin, and a lot of crazy shit on him. Most actors would have been unrecognizable in all the gear, but Iggy Pop looked like he was about to step onstage.
From:kneidlach
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
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Have you seen the cell phone ad that features a dad talking about how the cell phones enable him to keep in touch with his kids..> He says something like "I can keep in touch with [daughter] when she goes to the mall" and then he looks at his goth-punk son and says "And with [son]... Wherever... it is... he goes." (In a tone that is kind of bewildered).
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From:ladycakes
Date:March 1st, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
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and apparently he's going out dancing with the woo girls at the local meat market!
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From:tiredshaw
Date:March 1st, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
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The Clash selling Jaguars
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From:yousmell
Date:March 1st, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
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the rrramones selling cellphones.
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From:gordonzola
Date:March 1st, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
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well, at least it was that lame-anyway "should I stay or should I go" song. I would have cried if it was "London Calling" or even worse, "White Riot". And I can happily blame Mick for it too.


But that's not punxsloitation, that's just selling out. Assuming they had control of the song rights.
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From:tiredshaw
Date:March 1st, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
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My 3-year old has these little "PUNX" plastic action figures. They're maybe 2-3 inches tall
From:felicks
Date:March 1st, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I need to get some for my brood! We have the Ramones Bears of course.
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From:tiredshaw
Date:March 2nd, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
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I can't believe how hard that rules
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From:systemerror
Date:March 1st, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
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no, the jaguar commercial used london calling.
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From:gordonzola
Date:March 1st, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
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ok, then I'm officially crying.
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From:frothy_mix
Date:March 1st, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)

not on TV, but...

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Well, it wasn't filmed or anything, but the other day I put on my new leather boots from Stompers, stamped my feet, and said, "Oi!" I received a very dubious look from a loved one. Apparently I've got about as much punk cred as Ricky Schroeder. But if I buy some eyeliner, I think I could still make it into a Green Day tribute band.
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From:jtemperance
Date:March 1st, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)

Punks and Pirates

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Sounds like a job for Adam and the Ants!


But anyway I think the Billy Idol "Cyberpunk" album from c. 1994 qualifies as punksploitation of some sort.
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From:jennizane
Date:March 1st, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
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I think there may have been some episode of 'Friday the 13th' (with Roby!) and some episodes of 'Tales from the Crypt' which included some "punk moments."

Surely there had to have been a Miami Vice episode somewhere in there??

What about that movie 'Out of Bounds' with Anthony Michael Hall and a stage performance by Siouxsie and the Banshees? I guess that doesnt count because its film, eh?

I love that 21 Jump Street episode! xoJohnnyxo
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From:19_crows
Date:March 1st, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
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There's a Pepsi ad where the Pepsi cans are jumping around in the fridge (and annoying the other brands of soda) and one of them breaks through the glass and ends up on the floor where he/it spins around like a break dancer.

Which isn't punk, but it's all to a Ramones tune. it bugs the shit out of me!

We found those tiny Punx figures at the Dollar Tree store and gave them to our friend who's still a punk. I kept the set of tiny luchadores.
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From:bing_crosby
Date:March 1st, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
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many people have already mentioned the Ramones but not the fact that Urban Outfitters sold Ramones shirts for a while. Now CBGB and Ramones Tshirts are all over the teenager/college kids, including CB's and other punk and rock band/club logos on baby onesies etc.

anything Hot Topic, of course, but that is not explicitly music.
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From:arasay
Date:March 1st, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
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So it's not quite punxsploitation, but the YA librarian types on one of my listservs are currently in a bit of a tizzy about book recommendations for a self-identified punk kid.

There have been a few flashes of "that's not punk/sez you" (in at least one case countered rather reasonably by "you don't think so, but this particular kid does, and who's authenticity are we concerned with here"), but mostly it's become a dissection of eras and subcultures. And a collection of reasonable books (more goth than punk, IMO) with quirky/freaky protagonists.

None of which has anything to do with the original post, as I am Not Punk, and where I live there are no Chips Ahoy.



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From:arasay
Date:March 1st, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Oy (not oi), that's WHOSE authenticity.
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From:walktheplank
Date:March 1st, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
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1. That's just sooooo FUCKED UP! :)

Did this ad air in the U.K., or are the Americans finally getting hip to shitty Oi! bands?

2. Great moments in Punxploitation:

- "Just like punk, except it's a car." (Mitsubishi?)

- The book "Punk Shui: Home Design for Anarchists"

- The ad for eTrading on the Stock Market, in which the kid with the mohawk is making a killing, while his girlfriend's father is, like, so behind the times.

- The spiky-haired dropouts from "Pump Up the Volume"

- The scene in Star Trek IV, where Spock uses the Vulcan death grip to put the punk rocker to sleep.

- Punk Rock Aerobics

- "Hardcore Zen"

- At the end of The Flintstones movie (starring John Goodman) there's a spoof of Anarchy in the UK, in which the lyrics all relate to Fred Flintstone
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From:constintina
Date:March 1st, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
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the "win free legal music downloads" contest ad for Pepsi, featuring one of those kids who got busted a couple years ago, set to "I fought the law." Joe Strummer hadn't been dead very long. I cried.

YouTube has a clip from the infamous episode of Quincy that supposedly features Courtney Love.
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From:chitinous
Date:March 2nd, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
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Good god that ad is painful. CLAYMATED PUNX! Oy. Not oi.
From:whysoblue
Date:March 2nd, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
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I think that commercial is friggin hilarious.
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From:slutbunwalla
Date:March 2nd, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
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woah.
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From:winsey
Date:March 2nd, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
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What about Spike and the pro-life skinhead girl on Degrassi High?
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From:fionascastle
Date:March 4th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
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Hello, this is Shannon. I live downstairs from you. Nellie is sitting next to me and says hello. We're not going away this weekend, but thanks for being willing to care for the kitties. I added you as a friend.
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From:gordonzola
Date:March 5th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Hey Shannon. funny to run into you here. ;)
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From:crabbypattie
Date:March 5th, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
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There was a punk episode of the short-lived Saturday morning Teen Wolf cartoon. You read that right, the Teen Wolf cartoon. I remember that the protagonists were afraid of the punks at first, but then became freinds.

One of my favorite punk tv characters is Spike from the old DeGrassi Jr. High!
From:thisisthenow
Date:March 5th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Anything with Mr. T is punksploitation. The A Team, Rocky III, the Mr. T cartoon, Mr. T breakfast cereal, the episode of "Diff'rent Strokes" where Arnold shaves his head into a mohawk like Mr. T.

I pity da fool that mess wit' Mr. T!
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From:rednfiery
Date:March 8th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)

i had never seen that commercial

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...until after i read your post. my girls pointed it out to me on monday evening, though, and afterwards H said something about monkey chips ahoy. what? A corrected her with "it's PUNKY chips ahoy. look at their hair and clothes. duh!"

*snicker*

it was great.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 31st, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)
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Iggy Pop selling cruises

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